Removal of kitten-themed art, anything but cute: The owner [Julianne Yates] smells suspicious to me ["The Fall of Kittenzilla," Peter Jamison, Sucka Free City, 1/5]. It seems as though all three of the artists [Bunnie Reiss, Ezra Li Eismont, and Garrison Buxton] were on the same page, but she is on a completely different one. Shame on her for covering the kitty mural without permission.
No need for hissing at the art that's gone missing: So there was no contract? Only verbal agreement? The artists can't be mad for not signing any contract saying the mural would be up for longer than intended. Who knows what was really said? Is this just an exaggeration to gain public attention to the artists? If not, this is a sad lesson for these artists, but with nothing written down, they can't blame anyone. This is so blown out of proportion, it saddens me that this article even made the news. Sounds like a bunch of whiny artists who need attention. Welcome to the art world!
Bring back the kittens with laser-beam eyes: San Franciscans need to organize to bring the original Kittenzilla back ASAP! I'm in Chicago and saw the photo in San Francisco magazine and was planning on heading over on my next trip to S.F. to see this treasure in person. It's fun, it's menacing, it's mysterious, and one of the best murals I've seen anywhere.
Meat, the Unforeseen Trend of 2010
Plants are pushed to the side of the plate in favor of heartier proteins: Why are all these dishes based on animal protein of some sort ["The Top Five Dishes of 2010," Jonathan Kauffman, Eat, 12/29]? I'm all for an omnivores diet, but nine-tenths of the dishes are based on animal stuff. Did we not eat vegetables this year? Do chefs put vegetables on their menus as second-class citizens? Why have we put vegetables up on a pedestal? One would just think that with all the farmers' markets, and the abundance of great vegetables here, there would be more [vegetable-focused dishes].
James J. Hall
Snitch Blog Comments of the Week
In response to a blog post about the settlement of SF Weekly's below-cost-pricing lawsuit: SF Weekly's reporting has been really good ["SF Weekly Settles Pricing Lawsuit," Andy VanDeVoorde, the Snitch, 1/3]. The "Worst-Run City in America" [Joe Eskenazi and Benjamin Wachs, 12/14/09] and "Let It Bleed" articles [Joe Eskenazi and Benjamin Wachs, 10/20/09] regarding how broken our city government is helped shed a light on just how poorly the city is run. The Bay Guardian doesn't seem to want to touch those issues.
Another response to the lawsuit settlement: This is legal robbery and extortion by the Bay Guardian, perfectly in line with its thuggish philosophy of using government force to coerce people. This anticapitalistic law should never have been on the books. It's even more restrictive than the absurd federal laws. All this fraud does is buy a little more time for Big Bruce [Brugmann, Guardian owner] and Sorry Little Tim [Redmond, Guardian editor]. Ten years from now, there will be no Left left.